Bengaluru: The widening of Hosur-Lashkar road, Lower Agaram road widening between Hosmat hospital and Viveknagar 1st Main road and a few projects had one thing in common. They got halted because defence land had to be acquired.
On Tuesday, decks were cleared for various infrastructure with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman transferring land for BBMP's various infrastructure projects and for two metro stations on the Gottigere-Nagavara stretch.
Participating at a programme at R.T. Nagar Modi Garden, Ms Sitharaman handed over the land transfer documents to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
A total of 64,573 sq. feet of land of which 55,819 sq. feet of land for BBMP projects and 8,754 sq. feet land for metro project has been handed over.
Land has been transferred for road widening and completion of projects like elevated corridor and road over bridge (ROB). Land worth Rs 286.73 crore has been given to the BBMP and BMRCL for eight projects.
In lieu of the defence land, the state governemtn has agreed to provide land worth Rs 286.73 crore on the city outskirts to Defence Ministry.
In her address Ms Sitharaman said that getting defence land for any project is one of the toughest things. Following pressure from BJP MPs and Mr Kumaraswamy the defence ministry has agreed to part with the land to benefit citizens by completing certain much required projects.
Mr Kumaraswamy appreciated the defence ministry for parting with their land and assured that sub-urban rail will be a reality soon.